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Silvana Dettmann
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
Switzerland
I'm an ongoing scientific illustrator studying Scientific Visualization at the ZHdK in Zurich and I'm currently in my second year of studies after I studied Biology for five semesters at the UZH in Zurich. Though I study and live most of the week in a flat in Zurich with my roomies, I spend most of my weekends and holidays at home in Zernez in the middle of the Engadin valley.

My interests are biology, especially zoology, paleontology and evolution, since I always loved to know about nature and it's inhabitants. I'm also interested in medicine, history (Vikings, Germans, Romans, Rhaetians and other ancient cultures), enviromental science and geoscience ranging from Earth to extraplanetar systems. I also keep pets (birds, fish, amphibians), go hunt, hike and dive. It's safe to say that I got a very vast field of interests.
One of my other great passions besides of science are sci-fi and gaming, meaning that I'm a sucker for the Aliens (AvP) and the Halo franchise. Though I tend to draw a lot of fanart in my spare time, I'm not one of those weird fangirls. I'm quite a reasonable fan.
If you look at my gallery, you'll mostly find either scientific stuff like paleontology or zoology I do at the university or sci-fi and fanart I do in my spare time :)

My mother tongue is Rumansh but I speak German fluently as well and I'm quite good with English. I also understand a good part from French and Italian and to a certain degree Spanish. As you see, communication shouldn't be a problem if you do want to speak about my art. Comments of any kind are welcomed! :D

Fair use: You are free to spread my art and show it wherever you want, as long as you're not selling or making profit with it. However I'd then like you to credit me for it by linking to my profile or at least mention my name. Ask me first, if you want to use parts of my art for your own non-profit artistic projects (collage). Do not trace my art, use my art as a base, remove my signature from my art or pretend it to be your own art.
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It has been a while since my last journal and since I'm done with my fourth semester and started holidays this week, I guess it's about time I update you on what happened lately.

First, my studies went quite successful according to my professors. I managed to progress a lot with my zoo watercolor sketches, got a good breakthrough with color painting, leaving me with the option to join the painting camp in August again and I even learned the basics of 3D modeling with cinema4D, even though I still got work to do on that project. Still I guess that the 3D stuff is going to be helpful in the future, especially when it comes to quick perspective plans for drawings. All in all I guess it was a good semester and I got my stuff done properly, even though I was pretty busy scanning all my stuff and finishing the portfolio for my exchange semester and had stressful commissions going on. Free time was rare.

Now for the things that didn't went that good, last week I got a no from the Iceland Academy of the Arts due to too many students applying for an exchange semester there, according to them, so my plans for the coming year are kinda fucked up, since our international office and pretty much every professor told me that it's very unlikely I'd get turned down for an exchange semester with a portfolio like that. So this was quite a shock but I'll try to stay in contact with the Academy in Iceland and see if there's a chance for the first semester in 2016 or another possible option. Things are still very sketchy at the moment about what I may do next. We're still checking if there's the possibility for a short-run apply somewhere else and how the chances are there but I really need to wait for results there first in order to check my options. Another possibility would be to do the internship I planned for the spring semester 2016 this autumn semester and try applying for the exchange semester again starting in 2016 in Iceland or somewhere else. Over the summer, I'll keep on working on the postal office in order to get some money for the exchange semester, so plans really are in a mess at the moment but I'll keep you updated in the coming weeks.

As for my personal life, that one's in quite a mess too.
I got kicked out of the flat by my roomies after living for more than five years with them as friends last week by surprise. It was pretty much out of the blue and it was just one of my roomies who had problems with me but him being in the flat for longer than me, he had priority. Not saying it was great living with me for the past months due to my chronic sickness but I considered it very unfair how he treated me in the end by using the good I did as accusations against me and get rid of me, even though I only did what he asked me to do but ultimately I'm glad I'm out of that place and even more glad I was right about my feelings that he wanted me gone, despite everyone calling me crazy for believing such. Those were good five years but people change, so it was time to move on. Now I'm back living the entire week at my parent's house and searching for a new flat and roomies in Zurich, so wish me luck!

My health issues seem to be more severe than thought too due to my metabolism and hormones still being in chaos and now chronic infections being added to the list. I don't want to go too much into detail but the doctors are working pretty hard on figuring out what's wrong and doing a lot of tests on me. On the mean time, I'm trying to be out in the sun and fresh mountain air a lot and doing long walks and hikes almost every day, so that'll hopefully improve my health and fitness. I'm also taking meds, checking my nutrition, and so on. I need to go on therapy every week too due to the resulting depression, since it's not clear if my depression is caused by my sickness, or if my sickness gets caused by my depression. The point is, it drains all my energy, even though I try to sleep.
That's why there's not been too much art in the last few weeks. As soon as my health issues get better, there'll hopefully be more art again. As for now, I can serve you with university works and a lot of sketches I did. So hang on and be patient, please! =)

Now what really made me happy was my last poll here asking about the comic title dragunalb.deviantart.com/journ…
The ones who voted, gave me a 100% yes on the title Halo: Salvation and it really makes me glad to see you all anticipating for it in such a positive way. I know I'm kinda blocked at the moment due to all the issues I got but I'm really looking forward to start it, as soon as I get out of some of it. I really want to do it and your support is what gives me the strength and motivation to try it, so thanks a lot for your support and I'm really glad to have you guys following me! :D
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Jag är fri
  • Drinking: Tea

Do you want more Halo parodies with the topic "what the fans think they are like vs. what they really are like"? 

89%
33 deviants said Yes, more making fun of the dark side of the fandom! (suggestions for specific topics are welcomed)
8%
3 deviants said Stop fooling around with parodies and do the comic already!
3%
1 deviant said No, it's not funny and puts a bad light on the fandom.

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Strooitje Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your :+fav: on my latest sketch, Silvana
Practice makes perfect.
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I hope with some practice I'll one day be able to approach your skills =)
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AmanndaSierra Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the fav!! <3 i admire ur gallery and your  knowledge about sangheilis! <3
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Same here. You got an awesome gallery! I love your style, so thanks a lot for the compliment ^^
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AmanndaSierra Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! and you're very welcome!! :)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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dracontes Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Much obliged for the favourite even if belatedly so :)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. A really nice gallery you got there =)
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StancherRanger Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Thank you for the favourite, I really appreciate it :) (Smile) 
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Same here, thanks for the fave! ^^
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StancherRanger Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
No problem, great work!  :D (Big Grin) 
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much =)
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Henribe Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the favourite!
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Henribe Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And thank you again!
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work!
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IndianRain Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015   Photographer
thanks for the +fav :) (Smile)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome =)
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Old-Crow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for faving.
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Plioart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave! :D (Big Grin)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome of course as always =)
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CharmingCats Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! +fav 
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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ChalkTwins Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav:! :D
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